Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls
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- Public Domain
- zeppelin, pterodactyls, Hammer Films, Republic Pictures, cliffhanger, serial, serials, mashup
- Awkwardly Publishing
One of the wacky ideas floated by Hammer Films in 1971 but never developed beyond a sweet poster was 'Zeppelin vs. Pterodactyls.' People have said it's tragic this movie was never made. Now tragically it has been made, a 2007 mashup of public domain cliffhanger serials and old movies. What if Republic Pictures had gotten this idea in 1936? See it here. Watch for glimpses of John Wayne, two 'Wilhelm' screams, and one actor who wasn't even born until 1939.
I've been passing it off as a 1936 Republic Pictures serial. But there are some glaring anachronisms in it, and I'm not doing a very thorough job of hoaxing anyone. Sorry if you fell for it. Don't believe everything u read on teh internetz. (That quote from John Brownlee is true though. Don't take my word for it. Go verify it for yourself.)
The main theme song is taken from Captain Scarface (1953) which is supposed to be public domain, so I hope the music is too.
The song with which Ace Drummond (John "Dusty" King) delights his fellow passengers is "Give Me A Ship and A Song" by Kay Kellogg.
Clips are taken from:
Dick Tracy (1937)
Ace Drummond (1936)
The Lost World (1925)
Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)
Three Musketeers (1933)
The Hurricane Express
Shadow of Chinatown
The Phantom Creeps (1939)
Undersea Kingdom (1936)
Thief of Baghdad (1978 TV movie)
Newsreels: Akron Disaster (1933), Giant Dirigible Sets Record (1936), Zeppelin Explodes (1937 Hindenberg)
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- For pedantic production notes and a guide to the inside jokes, see http://evilbobdayjob.blogspot.com/2007/07/zeppelin-vs-pterodactyls-1936.html
- 2007-08-01 07:34:11
- black & white
Subject: TOTALLY INSPIRING "MASH UP" FUN ! !
(Hammer films was known to sell films
[Read:"film ideas"] to distributors with mock
ups of "Film Posters" A lot of times before
they had a script)THE HAMMER FILM
POSTER/IDEA EXISTED, AND CAN BE FOUND ON THE NET
#2 BRAVO !!
Subject: A for effort, C for execution
Subject: Works for me
I liked it
Subject: Good idea, incoherent result
On the whole not good, but it shows things to avoid and hilites several difficulties of the technique -- someday it might inspire somebody to do it better.
Subject: Great fun
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